Search/Recent Changes
DBTropes
...it's like TV Tropes, but LINKED DATA!

Morality Chain

 Morality Chain
type
FeatureClass
 Morality Chain
label
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain
page
moralitychain
 Morality Chain
comment
The Morality Chain is a character who is the reason another character is Good. Stereotypically a female love interest, a mother, a daughter, or a little sister; as long as this person is alive, her target of affection will at the very least be a Noble Demon.
There is no Restraining Bolt involved; this person is the only thing preventing someone from happily killing their "friends" and family. (One wonders whether such a form of "goodness" has much value in it until one remembers that it keeps them from killing their friends and family.)
If a Morality Chain were to fall, commit betrayal, or get seriously hurt or die, there is nothing to prevent a Face–Heel Turn happening so fast and so hard that the unchained character is gladly chopping their former teammates into pieces before you can say "Neutral Evil". This is more than the Roaring Rampage of Revenge; everyone has to suffer.
A similar, and often confused with, trope is the Morality Pet. The difference between the two is subtle: A morality pet is a character who redeems a villain. The villain's affection for the pet starts them down the path of good, and even should the pet get hurt the villain will most likely behave as a hero (or anti-hero) in seeking their revenge or protecting the pet. By contrast, the morality chain keeps an otherwise anti-heroic character (such as a Sociopathic Hero) from going full villain. The loss of the chain would spell doom for any involved party, and likely anyone nearby as well. In a nutshell: A morality pet turns a bad guy good; a morality chain stops a good guy from turning bad. That said, the two tropes can certainly overlap: if the character redeems a villain and then also helps keep them from slipping back to evil, they are both a Morality Pet and a Morality Chain.
Or to put it another way: The Morality Pet causes a Heel–Face Turn; the Morality Chain prevents a Face–Heel Turn. In this sense, the two are actually Opposite Tropes despite their close similarities.
Sometimes this is Inverted. The death of the Morality Chain motivates the target of affection to become more determined to be good to honor her memory, or something. Usually in these cases the cause of death is either natural, or because of a villain (especially if it's a buddy of theirs that the Morality Chain had disapproved of). Now, if the cause of death is their loved one, either through an accident or because they Kicked the Morality Pet, then they may either go comatose or crazy.
See also: Morality Chain Beyond the Grave, Morality Pet, Cynicism Catalyst, Morality Chip, Living Emotional Crutch, and Driven to Villainy. Contrast: The Kid with the Leash and The Farmer and the Viper.
No Real Life Examples, Please!
 Morality Chain
fetched
2018-09-27T13:37:57Z
 Morality Chain
parsed
2018-09-27T13:39:56Z
 Morality Chain
processingComment
Dropped link to CuteAndPsycho: Not an Item - FEATURE
 Morality Chain
processingComment
Dropped link to CycleOfRevenge: Not an Item - FEATURE
 Morality Chain
processingComment
Dropped link to ItsAllAboutMe: Not an Item - FEATURE
 Morality Chain
processingComment
Dropped link to Tecnico: Not an Item - UNKNOWN
 Morality Chain
processingUnknown
Tecnico
 Morality Chain
isPartOf
DBTropes
 Morality Chain / int_13668e6e
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_13668e6e
comment
Sylvester, narrator of Twig, plays with this due to his status as a Blank Slate; he allows his friends to define the limits of his morality. When paired with the Token Good Teammates Jamie or Lillian, Sy becomes practically heroic, but when he's partnered with the amoral Mary or the bloodthirsty Helen he will display an almost sadistic focus on causing the enemy the maximum possible harm as they act as The Corrupter to him.
 Morality Chain / int_13668e6e
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_13668e6e
featureConfidence
1.0
 Twig
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_13668e6e
 Morality Chain / int_13b6da8c
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_13b6da8c
comment
Dr. Horrible of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog has two motivations: to Take Over the World and to get up the courage to talk to Penny, the girl at the laundromat. When the Jerk Ass Designated Hero, Captain Hammer, accidentally kills her with Dr. Horrible's Death Ray, Horrible's closing song makes it clear that he's lost the only thing he really cared about and now there's nothing keeping him from turning truly evil.
 Morality Chain / int_13b6da8c
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_13b6da8c
featureConfidence
1.0
 DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_13b6da8c
 Morality Chain / int_25f6f1a0
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_25f6f1a0
comment
Umineko: When They Cry has Hideyoshi Ushiromiya fulfilling this role for his wife Eva. Whenever he kicks the bucket (which happens in every arc), she snaps.
Also, Sakutaro is this for Maria. When Rosa rips him apart during a fight, Maria's diary entries start to become darker, and later....
 Morality Chain / int_25f6f1a0
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_25f6f1a0
featureConfidence
1.0
 Umineko: When They Cry (Visual Novel)
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_25f6f1a0
 Morality Chain / int_9a1ae1
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_9a1ae1
comment
The Breaker: Shi Woon Lee and Shiho are this to Chun Woo. Shiho isn't as much of one as Shi Woon but her apparent death provokes quite a reaction in Chun Woo.
 Morality Chain / int_9a1ae1
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_9a1ae1
featureConfidence
1.0
 The Breaker (Manhwa)
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_9a1ae1
 Morality Chain / int_a5549ed0
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_a5549ed0
comment
In 1st Kings and 2nd Chronicles of The Bible, Jehoiada the priest served as King Joash/Jehoash's Morality Chain as long as he was alive, as the king did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, including having the Temple repaired. However, after Jehoiada died, 2nd Chronicles records that Jehoash forsook the Lord, and served the groves and idols, even going as far as having Zechariah the son of Jehoiada murdered for speaking the Lord's words against the king. In the end, his own servants conspired against him and killed him, and he was not buried alongside the kings of Judah.
 Morality Chain / int_a5549ed0
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_a5549ed0
featureConfidence
1.0
 TheBible
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_a5549ed0
 Morality Chain / int_b9b796cf
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_b9b796cf
comment
In Fate/stay night, Ilya is evidently this to Berserker. Note, he's still a massive lump of destructive impulse given terrifying form, he's just better tempered when she's around... unless she orders him to kill someone. Then he gets WORSE.
There's also implications that Enkidu was this to Gilgamesh, who was The Good King while they were friends, but reverted back to being the arrogant jackass he was before he met him.
 Morality Chain / int_b9b796cf
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_b9b796cf
featureConfidence
1.0
 Fate/stay night (Visual Novel)
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_b9b796cf
 Morality Chain / int_c6b738c4
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_c6b738c4
comment
Mark Briscoe serves as such for his older brother Jay, preventing him from getting in (too) much trouble with ROH censors, from bringing avoidable legal trouble to the company and from causing too much damage on the farm. Mark has plenty of his own vices, such as trespassing, envy and irresponsible handling of farmyard equipment/firearms that Jay is almost completely unable to do anything about.
 Morality Chain / int_c6b738c4
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_c6b738c4
featureConfidence
1.0
 Ring of Honor (Wrestling)
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_c6b738c4
 Morality Chain / int_cba3559b
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_cba3559b
comment
In Survival of the Fittest, Elizabeth Priestly is this to her twin brother Lenny. When she's not around him, he acts even more of a complete bastard to get her back/find her.
And now that she's permanently out of the picture, we can probably expect even nastier things to happen to anybody Lenny meets...especially Gabe McCallum.
 Morality Chain / int_cba3559b
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_cba3559b
featureConfidence
1.0
 SurvivalOfTheFittest
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_cba3559b
 Morality Chain / int_df57aa2a
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_df57aa2a
comment
In The LEGO Movie, Bad Cop has a morality chain in the form of... himself. While not the dominant personality, Good Cop is strong enough to rein in Bad Cop's sadism and prevents him from using the Kragle on his parents. When Lord Business rubs out Good Cop's face with nail polish remover, Bad Cop goes through with freezing his parents.
 Morality Chain / int_df57aa2a
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_df57aa2a
featureConfidence
1.0
 The LEGO Movie
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_df57aa2a
 Morality Chain / int_e66a25a9
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_e66a25a9
comment
In Rifts, Baarrtk Krror is only prevented from giving in entirely to hate by his dear friend, Malik Savant.
 Morality Chain / int_e66a25a9
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_e66a25a9
featureConfidence
1.0
 Rifts (Tabletop Game)
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_e66a25a9
 Morality Chain / int_fdf7a632
type
Morality Chain
 Morality Chain / int_fdf7a632
comment
The Vampire: The Requiem supplement Danse Macabre introduces the concept of "anchors" as a replacement for the Humanity system. The way it works, essentially, is that you have a set of Morality Chains that prevent you from degenerating and giving into The Beast. You lose an anchor when they become too exposed to the rest of vampiric society or you damage the relationship too thoroughly. Did we mention that the anchor system is meant to be used in conjunction with the Atrocity system and your anchors are the easiest way to safely vent Atrocity dice?
 Morality Chain / int_fdf7a632
featureApplicability
1.0
 Morality Chain / int_fdf7a632
featureConfidence
1.0
 Vampire: The Requiem (Tabletop Game)
hasFeature
Morality Chain / int_fdf7a632

The following is a list of statements referring to the current page from other pages.

 Morality Chain
processingCategory2
Characters as Device
 Morality Chain
processingCategory2
Morality Tropes
 [C] - Control / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Deathstroke (Comic Book) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Midnighter (Comic Book) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Nemesis the Warlock (Comic Book) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Sabretooth (Comic Book) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Superboy (Comic Book) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Superior Spider-Man (Comic Book) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Darkness (Comic Book) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Punisher MAX (Comic Book) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Nodwick (Comic Strip) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Disney / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Gotham / Fan Fic / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Harmony's Warriors / Fan Fic / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality / Fan Fic / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Never Had A Friend Like Me / Fan Fic / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Fifth Act / Fan Fic / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Legend of Spyro: A New Dawn / Fan Fic / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 A Thing of Vikings (Fanfic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Aftermath of the Games (Fanfic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Child of the Storm (Fanfic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Intercom (Fanfic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Kaleidoscope (Fanfic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse (Fanfic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Relic of the Future (Fanfic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Some Semblance of Meaning (Fanfic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 High and Low (1963) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Jurassic World / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Metropolis / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Fifth Estate / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Evillious Chronicles (Franchise) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Overlord (2012) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Darth Bane / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Heralds of Valdemar / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Spells R Us / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Vampire Diaries / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Yogscast Minecraft Series (Machinima) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 MoralityChain
sameAs
Morality Chain
 Deadman Wonderland (Manga) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Death Note (Manga) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Haikyuu!! (Manga) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Jormungand (Manga) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Kengan Ashura (Manga) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Tokyo Ghoul (Manga) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest (Manga) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Yu-Gi-Oh! (Manga) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Destroy the Godmodder (Roleplay) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Insane Quest of Unfathomable Randomness (Roleplay) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Massive Multi-Fandom RPG (Roleplay) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 WALL•E Forum Roleplay (Roleplay) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Better Call Saul / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Charmed (1998) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Daredevil (2015) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Girl Meets World / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 House / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 MacGyver (1985) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Raising Hope / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Shield / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 24 / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Downfall (Video Game) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Half-Minute Hero (Video Game) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft (Video Game) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Mega Man Battle Network (Video Game) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Oni (Video Game) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Force Unleashed (Video Game) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Web Video) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Retsupurae (Web Video) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Sam & Fuzzy (Webcomic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Sluggy Freelance (Webcomic) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Ben 10: Omniverse / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Code Lyoko / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Legend Quest / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Song of the Sea / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 The Ren & Stimpy Show / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain
 Rosemary (Wrestling) / int_b9fd7929
type
Morality Chain